Many forms of head lice are now resistant to the standard chemical treatments that are offered by doctors, nurses and pharmacies. While these products may have worked in the past, the lice have currently built up a resistance to them now and are simply ineffective in getting rid of lice and nits. Additionally, it is not recommended to use chemicals when treating children for lice because these neurotoxins have been known to cause serious reactions.
Get into the habit of checking for head lice and nits every two weeks. Preventing lice from multiplying and becoming an infestation will save you time, money and aggravation. That is why we do lice screening in the schools four times a year. This way, the school never has a chance to develop a lice infestation.
Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other items using hot water (130°F) and a high heat drying cycle. Do this for all clothes that came into contact with an infested person within the past 48 hours. DO NOT clean everything in your house. Just the items of clothing or linen that came into contact with someone infested with lice. The focus of your lice treatment should be treating the scalps not the environment.
The Center for Disease Control says that each year between six and twelve million children in the United States will contract head lice. Children are a prime breading ground for lice because they play with their heads close together. That enables the lice to crawl from one scalp to the next easily. Parents and teachers should work together to educate children about methods of preventing head lice.
This is probably the most frequently asked question at our NYC and Long Island lice removal salons. The answer is that lice spread through direct contact with someone who has lice. Lice do not jump or hop but they are very fast crawlers. Because children frequently play with their heads close together, they spread lice quickly and easily.
This is my absolute favorite time of year. Fall season, sixty degree weather in the city! It’s great to be able to settle back inside our warm homes and focus on family, holidays and, of course, good food (but that’s for another post!). Now I’m so excited to tell you all about a new courtesy that we are extending to our clients. We are offering the AirAllé treatment, the advanced technology for eradicating lice, developed by the geniuses over at Larada Sciences, for FREE. The AirAllé will be offered free of charge at our NY, LI, and CT salons. Our lice clinicians are all certified in the operation of the AirAllé. This device will keep you lice free and enable you to go back to enjoy this wonderful time of year!
Ok, so did the title of this post scare you away? Dividing the hair into small parts is a crucial step in removing nits from the hair but many moms that are not used to working with hair get intimidated by this step. But don’t worry! It’s not that hard! All you need are metal hair clips for lice removal and what you have to do is section off the hair that you are not currently combing out. Leave a small 1 1/2 inch section of hair to work on at a time. This will ensure that the lice comb catches all the lice, nymphs, and nits on the scalp.